Why is Harry Potter important?
I haven’t read even one of the books. Yes, I’ve seen the movies and will probably continue to watch the new releases (as they’re released), but I don’t anticipate that I’m going to go out and buy the book. It’s not the type of reading I’m into right now.
So, having stated that I’m not a fan of the Harry Potter books, I have to say that I’m a big fan of Harry Potter books.
Have I confused you yet?
It would probably be a more accurate statement if I said that I’m a big fan of what Harry Potter books have achieved. The demand and security surrounding Saturday’s release of the new book can only be compared to concert tickets or a blockbuster movie.
Imagine a book that sells @ 6 million copies in a 24-hour period, bringing in @ $100 million in sales. It’s mind-boggling.
Anyway, here are links to other people’s words, posts and news about Harry Potter:
- Harry Potter and reading from Baby Boomer Librarian. “One of the best gifts any new parent can give to their child is a love for reading. It is a gift that never gets old.“
- Harry Potter Setting New Sales Records – Many Bookstores Opened Doors At Minute Past Midnight, reported by Click2Houston.com. “J.K. Rowling continues her book-selling wizardry. Her latest Harry Potter book is flying off the shelves — selling 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours. [snip] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is selling at a rate of about 250,000 per hour in the United States — that’s more than the vast majority of books sell in a lifetime.”
- Harry Potter makes book sales history – again, reported by the Houston Chronicle. “The new Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours, smashing the record held by the previous Potter release. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince averaged better than 250,000 sales per hour, more than the vast majority of books sell in a lifetime.”
Want more? Do a Technorati search to find out what’s being posted in the blogosphere about Harry Potter.